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The Blessings Closet

Serving 2,500 households each year, The Blessings Closet provides free assistance with non-food essentials for household, hygiene, and personal care. This resource, supported by schools, clubs, churches, and businesses has helped families, seniors, disabled persons, veterans, working families, single parents, homeless adults and out-of-work individuals.

If you would like to make a donation to our Blessings Closet, please drop off any of the following items during our normal business hours (Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays 10am-2pm and Thursdays 3pm-7pm).

Blessings Closet items:
Diapers (all sizes)
Depends / Adults Diapers (all sizes)
Toilet Paper
Paper Towels
Laundry Detergent
Dish Soap
All Purpose Cleaner
Trash Bags

To make a tax-deductible online donation, please click here

How It All Began...

When The Shepherd's Staff opened our doors in 1991, we quickly realized the overwhelming need for the free distribution of non-food items. We found that people, whether sustained on government assistance, earning poverty level wages, newly employed, temporarily out of work, or simply without a home - all need basic essentials for everyday living.

The first Blessings Closet was started in a jelly cupboard, which we crammed full of non-food necessities. Throughout the years, the small closet swelled to the point where one room and a basement storage now accommodate the program. It is from our present location, 30 Carroll Street in Westminster, that thousands of items are given out on an "as-needed" basis each year. Anyone in Carroll County is eligible to request items from the Blessings Closet, provided we have stock on hand to fill their needs.

If you would like to run a "Blessings Bag" drive, please contact us at 410-857-5944.